Artist John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815
  • John Montresor
Date ca. 1771
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 30 × 25 inches (76.2 × 63.5 cm)
Framed: 38 × 33 × 3 1/2 inches (96.5 × 83.8 × 8.9 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Gibbs-Williams Fund
Accession Number 41.37
Department American Art before 1950
On View American W270, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed, on the back, in paint: John Montresor b. 1736-1799 pinxt Copley
Inscriptions Inscribed, on the back, in paint: John Montresor b. 1736-1799 pinxt Copley
the sitter, John Montresor (Belmont, Facersham, Kent, England);
his son, Sir H. T. Montresor (Dene Hill, Kent, England);
Lt. Col. H. E. Montresor;
his brother, Charles M. Montresor (Stonely Grange, Cambridgeshire, England);
his son, Lt. Col. E. H. Montresor;
his daughter, Mrs. Joan Montresor Read;
The Montresor Family.
Howard Young.
1941, Feragil Galleries (New York, New York, USA)
1941-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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